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Smart home security keeps getting smarter. But it seems like something always throws a wrench into even the best systems. Sometimes that’s pets and wildlife. As home security experts, we’ve seen it all: whether it’s your dog triggering a motion sensor or a frog on your doorbell camera at 2 a.m. High-quality, professional installation is one of the essential steps you can take to prevent unnecessary alerts and headaches. Your home security contractor can ensure you get the right sensors and cameras in the best locations. Here are some other tips for keeping your home safe while considering the unpredictability of pets and wildlife.
How Can I Keep My Pets From Triggering Motion Sensors?
Your pets are part of the family, but keeping them from interfering with your security system can be challenging. Fortunately, new technology allows us to adapt our security systems to our pets. Some tips for installing motion sensors include:
- Raise sensors 4 or 5 feet off the ground to catch intruders, not cats and dogs.
- Turn sensors upside down to capture activity closer to the ceiling while avoiding small movements on the floor.
- Use window and door sensors in addition to motion sensors. They’re unlikely to be triggered by animals
- Install sensors with weight filters to rule out your pets.
How Can I Adjust Security Cameras Around My Pets?
As with motion sensors, higher cameras can avoid unwanted captures. We can adjust our cameras’ sensitivity levels to rule out minor movements. Finally, talk with your security contractor about adding a pet filter to your camera. Pet filters are one more technological advance that allows us to customize your smart home.
Weed Out Unneeded Alerts With Mobile Monitoring
Wireless equipment with remote monitoring allows you to check live security feeds when you’re not home. If your pet triggers a sensor, you can disarm your system before it alerts the police and avoid an unnecessary call. Mobile monitoring via your smartphone is a lifeline for pet owners, allowing us to keep track of our fur babies and ensure they don’t cause trouble with our smart home security. You can also use scheduling features and program your system to know when your pet goes in and out.
How Can I Keep Birds, Bugs and Other Critters Away From Cameras?
In addition to our family pets, wildlife can also interfere with our security systems. Insects, spiders and birds are the most common culprits, but we also see action from small mammals and other creatures. Camera lights attract bugs, and outdoor equipment is an attractive place for spider webs. Birds, in turn, are attracted by the insects and can create minor chaos around your home, leaving droppings and triggering cameras and alerts. Some tips for keeping outdoor critters away include:
- Clean your security cameras regularly.
- Apply a lubricant to the body of your camera to deter bugs and prevent birds from roosting. Use silicone, Teflon spray, or petroleum jelly.
- Use bird-repellent gel around your camera to prevent them from building nests.
- Build a protective box around your cameras if they’re in a high-critter traffic location.
How Can My Home Security Contractor Help Me Avoid Nuisance Alerts?
Professional installation and top-notch equipment make the difference when you want to avoid irritating alerts and make your system work for you. At Aegis Technologies, home security has been a core mission for 30 years. Technological advances allow us to personalize every system we install. That means working with you to create home security that meets your needs, including keeping pets and wildlife from getting in the way. Our team of experts will customize your security system, prevent unnecessary disruptions, and provide the coverage you and your family need.